Western Australia

WA Government releases discussion paper as part of Heritage Act review

THE West Australian Government this week released a discussion paper outlining a series of proposals to form the basis of a new Heritage Act.

Releasing the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990 discussion paper on Tuesday, Heritage Minister John Castrilli called on West Australians to help shape the development of the new legislation that will manage the state's cultural heritage.

Mr Castrilli said the current legislation, introduced 21 years ago, was outdated and out of touch. The review is the first major initiative arising from the State Cultural Heritage Policy, launched by the Minister in April.

"What we need is a Heritage Act that is open, transparent and easy for the public and property owners to understand," Mr Castrilli said.

"The new Act will reflect best practice in the recognition and protection of heritage buildings."

Mr Castrilli said the discussion paper covers issues such as repair orders; simplifying registration; facilitating development; recognising local heritage; and the form and function of the Heritage Council itself.

"Extensive consultation is vital in the process of achieving a new Heritage Act and there are many people and organisations with a strong and personal interest in our cultural heritage."

The discussion paper is the second phase of public consultation, following the release of a consultation paper in April.

More information about the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990 discussion paper is available from the Heritage Council of WA website at <http://www.heritage.wa.gov.au/>. Public submissions close on Friday, 2 December 2011.

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